The Constantine Codex

Renee Ann Smith —  June 28, 2011 — 13 Comments

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~Hebrews 4:12~

Sometimes I take for granted the power and beauty of the Scriptures. I recently finished a book that brought this home to me in an entertaining way: The Constantine Codex by Paul L. Maier.

In this novel, archeologists Jon and Shannon Weber uncover an ancient biblical manuscript containing the lost ending of Mark plus another letter from a New Testament author. At first, I couldn’t suspend my disbelief long enough to really get into the story. So I did some reading about The Dead Sea Scrolls, which were uncovered in 1947—during modern times—to remind myself that God’s world still holds many wonders and mysteries yet to be discovered.

The Constantine Codex is fast-paced, exciting, and informational. Since Jon Weber has friends all over the globe, the action takes place in exotic lands as well as here at home. And since he’s a Harvard professor, he and his colleagues are able to both explain the significance of the ancient texts and debate the merits of their faith systems as they do so. Somehow Jon ends up with a possible fatwa on his head, explores crypts with the help of a buddy from the Vatican, and yet finds time for romantic dinners with his beautiful wife Shannon, who actually found the codex to begin with.

I enjoyed the elements of this story that reminded me of a National Treasure type adventure set in Bible lands. But the scenes that spoke to me most were the ones where the Christian scholars read the codex to each other. Their reverence for the Word, their tears over the apostles’ courage in the face of death, their determination to defend the faith at all costs touched my heart. These fictional characters inspired me to make sure I haven’t lost my first love for God’s Word!

***I so appreciate Glass Road Public Relations providing my review copy of this novel. You can pick up your copy of The Constantine Codex here.

Follow this link to view author Paul L. Maier’s page at the Thomas Nelson website.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

13 responses to The Constantine Codex

  1. This actually sounds like a book I would enjoy. I really like the suspense type of books as well as mystery. I don’t mind books that are fiction and can still make me think about it. Thanks for the review! I will have to try and get me a copy.

  2. Hi Renee, that does sound like an interesting read. I would do the same as you and research the Dead Sea Scrolls first to help with that book.

    • I’m so glad I did read about the DSS. I had forgotten how recently they were discovered. I found myself trying to imagine the impact they made on believers living at that time and then I was ready to read this book! . . . Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings!

  3. I will be posting my review of this book later today. I didn’t like it much, but I direct my readers to your blog to get a positive viewpoint. Thanks for posting.

  4. How interesting! I love that type of fiction but God has me reading other things right now. I’ll have to put that on my list of future fiction fun books to read. Thank you so much for the heads up. 🙂

  5. This sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the review and tip on learning more about DSS in order to prepare for it. Thanks again for linking up your great posts to NOBH! 🙂

  6. The Constantine Codex is entertaining, no doubt. And I really appreciate Maier’s ability to use an action-packed adventure to get readers thinking about deep, important issues that are important for all Christians to consider.

    • I’m so glad you shared a comment because then I could hop over to enjoy your excellent review! This book really did get me thinking. I appreciate the author’s heart for the Word.

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